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Great flying monkeys, Oz the Great and Powerful trailer

OztheGreatandPowerful.jpgThe trailer for Sam Raimi's Oz: the Great and Powerful has arrived and it's looking visually rich and sets out the story of how the Wizard of Oz begins his journey. From this trailer the film looks fantastic although we're not getting much of the Oz based characters themselves other than glimpses.

There's a great cast though with James Franco playing the man known as Oz, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis playing the evil witches and Michelle Williams playing the good witch.

The film is all about how the great Wizard of Oz becomes the great Wizard, leaving his normal life behind, being caught in a tornado and appearing in the magical kingdom we've already seen, although we haven't quite seen it this way.

Sam Raimi has directed the screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire which comes from the novel by L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com).

Here's the blurb for Oz: the Great and Powerful:

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot--fame and fortune are his for the taking--that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity--and even a bit of wizardry--Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Now here's the trailer for Oz: the Great and Powerful which comes through TrailerAddict. It looks pretty damned good and I really like the look and feel of Oz in it, although I'm concerned about how many CG creatures we're going to end up with there is one that makes a welcome appearance at the end.

The flying monkeys. Could Sam Raimi deliver a whole set of new nightmares?



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